J. Nathan Matias     MIT Media Lab

I am a computational social scientist who works with millions of people in citizen behavioral science toward a fairer, safer, more understanding internet. I advance this work through CivilServant and as a postdoc at Princeton University departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Center for Information Technology Policy.

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Syntagmatic Browser

Dec 2006

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Syntagmatic Browser demo screenshot

While studying the language of Shakespeare in my first year of postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge, I envisioned "The Syntagmatic Browser." Drawing from the theories of Saussure, this new kind of thesaurus visualisation would create associations among the contexts of words rather than the words themselves.

Although I developed a prototype in GZigZag, I never built the software. I really ought to someday. It would be a fantastic utility for lexicographers and literary scholars.

It wasn't until much later that I came across Statistical Natural Language Processing in my roles at Texperts, Dressipi, and TouchType.